Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
Snow and ice can make driving in the winter dangerous. Although it’s crucial to practice safe winter driving habits, it is just as important to ensure that your car is prepared for winter weather. Below is a list of ten ways you can weatherize your car this winter, and ensure it can stand up to the challenge of winter driving.
If you sustain an injury in a winter car accident, be sure to reach out to the Ohio car accident lawyers of Kisling, Nestico & Redick at 1-800-HURT-NOW for a free consultation.
1. Schedule an Inspection
To make sure that your car is in good working order, you should schedule an inspection with a mechanic. The mechanic can check your brakes, radiator, car fluids, and other systems and parts.
2. Pack a Winter Emergency Kit
When you find yourself in an emergency situation on the road this winter, you’ll be glad to have an emergency kit. Your emergency kit should contain a first aid kit, car tools, jumper cable, flashlight, batteries, warm clothing, and snacks.
3. Maintain Proper Tire Pressure
Underinflated tires can increase braking distances and hinder your car’s steering and handling, making it imperative that you regularly check your tire pressure and ensure it is at a proper level at all times.
4. Ensure Your Gas Tank is Half Full
It’s important to keep gas in your tank during the winter so that you can prevent your gas line from freezing. Keeping your gas tank at least half full will also help you stay warm if you are ever stranded and waiting for help.
5. Replace All-Season Tires with Winter Tires
Replacing all-season or summer tires with winter tires can give you optimal traction on slippery roads. Even though winter tires produce greater road noise than all-season tires and usually have a shorter tread life, they are well worth it due to the extra safety they provide.
6. Inspect Your Wiper Blades
It can be nerve-racking to find out your wiper blades are worn out and unable to function properly while you are driving in a blizzard. Therefore, you should inspect your blades and purchase a new set if necessary.
7. Replace the Battery
Your vehicle’s battery should be securely mounted, clean, tight, and free of corrosion. If it is three years old or more, you should test it and replace it if it is unable to perform at its optimal level.
8. Opt for Thinner Oil
Cold winter weather can thicken your oil and make it tough for it to circulate throughout your engine. For this reason, you should consider choosing a thinner oil that can circulate more easily through your engine.
9. Wash and Clean Your Car Regularly
Since your car is more prone to corrosion from salt during the winter months, you should wash and clean it on a regular basis. If possible, wash your car every 10 days and apply a fresh coat of wax.
10. Defrost Properly
When you are defrosting your car, you should turn your heat on in addition to your air conditioning. The air conditioning will defrost your windshield quicker by dehumidifying your car.
Contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick
Despite your efforts to weatherize your car for winter, you may still find yourself in an accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence. If this does happen, call an Ohio car accident lawyer from Kisling, Nestico & Redick today. Contact us at 1-800-HURT-NOW.